Bear Lake

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View of Bear Lake from the surrounding mountains.
Map of Bear Lake


State/County/Province: Idaho and Utah (United States of America)

Type: Lake

Bear Lake is located on the border of Utah and Idaho and is ideal for marathon swimming with the clean and beautiful blue water. The lake is at an elevation of 5,924 feet (1,806 m). Its area is approximately 109 square miles (282 km²). Because of its higher elevation its water temperature is typically much colder than many other lakes situated in the Wasatch Front. Due to its size, it is not as congested with ski boats and other fast moving watercraft, as other smaller reservoirs in the area. This makes Bear Lake an ideal place for a marathon swim!

An official Bear Lake Marathon swim event was held August 2012 in which many new 7 mile width crossings were successful!

Contents

Logged Crossings (Length approximately 19 miles)

Swimmer Name Date Time Details
1 Neal Phelps July 18, 2009 13:00 http://www.epilepsy.com/newsfeeds/view/7174 Non English Channel Standards (sleeveless wetsuit, and snorkel)
2 John Quackenbush August 10, 2009 15:00 http://binza.blogspot.com/2009/08/successful-swim-for-john-quackenbush.html
3 James Jonsson July 22, 2010 8:43:26 http://www.utahopenwater.com/2010/07/james-jonssons-account-of-his-bear-lake.html
4 Gordon Gridley September 5, 2011 11:13:15 http://gordsswimlog.blogspot.com/2011/09/labor-day-bear-lake-crossing-19-miles.html

Logged Crossings (Width approximately 7 miles)

Swimmer Name Date Time Details
1 Chris Bowcutt July 16, 2009 4:45 http://binza.blogspot.com/2009/07/success.html
2 Gordon Gridley July 3, 2010 4:34:44 http://gordsswimlog.blogspot.com/2010/07/swam-length-of-bear-lake.html
3 Scott and Rachele Kunz (Wetsuit Relay) July 6, 2010 3:40 http://triandswim.blogspot.com/2010/07/bear-lake-8-mile-swim.html
4 Joelle Beard August 3, 2011 4:10
5 M. Celine Beard August 3, 2011 4:10
6 Gordon Gridley July 21, 2012 3:43:12 http://www.gordsswimlog.blogspot.com/2012/07/new-bear-lake-width-crossing-record-and.html
7 Joelle Beard August 1, 2012 3:35
8 Vlas Lezin August 18, 2012 2:31:50 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
9 Wes Johnson August 18, 2012 2:34:00 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
10 Jamie Hubbard (Wetsuit) August 18, 2012 2:44:26 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
11 Dominique Maack (Wetsuit) August 18, 2012 2:45:00 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
12 Neal Legelr (Wetsuit) August 18, 2012 2:47:38 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
13 Will Reeves (Wetsuit) August 18, 2012 2:48:30 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
14 Brandon Slaugh, Jannalyn Lottrell, Tom Goth (Wetsuit Relay) August 18, 2012 2:48:40 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
15 Kritina Evans (Wetsuit) August 18, 2012 2:55:16 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
16 David Landes, Dan Willert, Terry Chamers, Jim Sorenson, Dennis Clancy (Wetsuit Relay) August 18, 2012 2:59:21 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
17 Anna Forrest (Wetsuit) August 18, 2012 2:59:43 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
18 Channing Miller (Wetsuit) August 18, 2012 3:10:18 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
19 Wes Constanse (Wetsuit) August 18, 2012 3:16:16 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
20 Spencer Peterson (Wetsuit) August 18, 2012 3:19:37 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
21 Paul Landes (Wetsuit) August 18, 2012 3:27:40 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
22 Chad Starks August 18, 2012 3:40:10 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
23 Sam Hill (Wetsuit) August 18, 2012 3:41:57 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
24 Marysa Cardwell, Naomi Anderson, Lacey Cap, Daniel Cap (Wetsuit Relay) August 18, 2012 3:44:07 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
25 Goody Tyler IV August 18, 2012 3:48:06 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
26 Steven Young (Wetsuit) August 18, 2012 3:58:51 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
27 Corey Harlos, Yacob Wiglima (Relay) August 18, 2012 4:04:38 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
28 Paul Vaslet (Wetsuit) August 18, 2012 4:08:16 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
29 Matthew Gerrish August 18, 2012 4:21:34 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
30 Gustavo Flores August 18, 2012 4:23:40 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/
31 Shane Williams (Wetsuit) August 18, 2012 4:29:33 http://www.bearlakeswim.com/

Logged Double Width Crossings (13.5 miles)

Swimmer Name Date Time Details
1 Joelle Beard September 27, 2011 6:30
2 Gordon Gridley July 21, 2012 7:25:14 http://gordsswimlog.blogspot.com/2012/07/new-bear-lake-width-crossing-record-and.html
3 James Jonsson September 15, 2012 5:35:55 http://www.bearlakeswimmingassociation.com/crossings-records

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